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The Waterline

May 22, 2014

Vol. XXXI No.20


‘Just Remember That There Was a War’ Shawn Miller NDW Public Affairs

Three World War I-era British biplanes dipped their wings as they flew over a graveyard near Eureka, Kansas, saluting a bygone comrade as the late pilot’s young nephew looked up in wonder. “I decided right there that’s what I was going to do,” said Maj. (Ret.) Albert Grasselli, coolly sipping a martini as he reminisced on his days as a Marine Corps aviator and that day 90 years ago when it all began. Realizing his dream of becoming a pilot would not be so easy, however. “I would eventually become a pilot, but little did I know how many mountains I would have to climb first,” Grasselli wrote in a memoir. That climb and the journey after in the Marines took Grasselli to highs and lows through battles from Pearl Harbor and Midway in World War II to the Chosin Reservoir campaign in Korea, as well as calmer adventures flying with pilots

and friends who would have a deep impact on his life. Grasselli tried to apply for the Army Air Corps in 1938 at age 18, but was told he was too young and too tall at more than six feet. In 1940, he tried for the Navy’s aviation program, but failed an eye test by a tiny margin. A recruiter next door guaranteed Grasselli an aviation career if he would enlist in the Marine Corps. After a tumultuous boot camp experience, Grasselli found himself stationed in San Diego with a Marine Air Group, only as an aerial photographer instead of a pilot. Still, he was working his way closer. January 1941 found Grasselli sailing to Oahu with a group of Marines charged with building up an airfield that would become Ewa Marine Air Base, located several miles west of Pearl Harbor—directly between the U.S. Pacific fleet and a looming Japanese force. After months of building and preparations, the small base was becoming livable. Grasselli had been taking classes at the University of Hawaii, and on December 6,

U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Patrick Gordon

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert presents a Battle of Midway Commemoration Day proclamation to retired Marine Corps Maj. Albert Grasselli, June 4, 2013. Grasselli, one of the first two designated aerial navigators in the Marine Corps, safely guided a squadron of planes to Midway Island and later flew in ammunition and airlifted wounded out during the battle in 1942. went out to celebrate the end of the semester.

“George Temple, who was Shirley Temple’s brother, he and I had

been out to Waikiki that night,” Grasselli recalled. “We got back about 4 o’clock in the morning and I didn’t bother to take my clothes off because Reveille’s usually about 5 o’clock.” Falling asleep fully dressed with his rifle, he soon got interrupted as the war began. “I heard all this noise outside and I thought the Air Corps was getting revenge on us for something and waking us up on a Sunday morning, but then the airplanes started blowing up,” he said. “It was the first time I’d ever been shot at, so I was a little afraid. But these airplanes came down so low; the pilots were smiling at us and that really got to me.” Grasselli and the Ewa Marines grabbed their rifles and broke out ammunition—still packed in munitions boxes—and began trying to defend their small base as waves of Japanese aircraft passed overhead. “They hit us first because we had

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NDW Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month By Shawn Miller, NDW Public Affairs and Lt. Teng Ooi, PhD, U.S. Naval Academy Naval District Washington (NDW) joins the nation during May in recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, with the national theme of “I Am Beyond.” Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have served in the U.S. Navy since the early 19th century, and today make up more than six percent of the overall active duty force, along with more than 18,000 Navy civilians. Japanese immigrants first came to the United States in May 1843, and the Transcontinental Railroad—largely built by Chi-

nese laborers—was finished in May 1869, making the month particularly significant in recognizing the achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders comprised of more than 50 ethnic groups speaking various languages. The U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland recently held a banquet in honor of the heritage month, with special guest Dr. (Rear Adm.) Raquel C. Bono, director of the National Capital Region Medical Directorate of the Defense Health Agency and the 11th Chief of Navy Medical Corps. In her speech, Bono addressed the importance of understanding

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Photo courtesy Jonathan Correa

Dr. (Rear Adm.) Raquel Bono, center, meets with midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy Club after a banquet in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

NSWC Carderock Division Bolsters STEM Outreach Through LEGO Robotics By Nicholas Malay, NSWC Carderock Division Public Affairs Student teams from six local elementary and middle schools tested their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills during a natural-disasters themed LEGO robotics competition at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division, May 2. Carderock employees, who have mentored the students throughout the year, supported the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) LEGO League event by judging presentations, serving as referees for the LEGO challenges and providing technical expertise to

the aspiring young scientists and engineers. “It was very impressive to watch the focus and energy that the students put into their projects,” said NSWCCD mechanical engineer Yared Amanuel, an event judge and mentor. “The kids were given the challenge details ahead of time, and they really worked well together to design their robots and polish their presentations.” The FIRST LEGO League is an international robotics program for students 9-16 years old. Teams of 10 can be formed from schools, a group of friends, clubs or organizations. Each group has an adult mentor. “Our goal in the FIRST LEGO competition is to give kids hands-on opportunities to get them excited about STEM careers, particularly

with the U.S. Navy,” said Nathan Hagan, a naval architect at NSWCCD and a FIRST LEGO mentor and event coordinator with Jonathan Hopkins, an NSWCCD mechanical engineer. “As someone who visited Carderock in high school, the visit changed my world and confirmed my interest in becoming a naval architect,” Hagan said. “I hope to see kids here at Carderock after they graduate from college, because I was once in their shoes, and now I couldn’t be prouder to call Carderock my home.” Toby Ratcliffe, an ocean engineer and NSWCCD’s educational outreach coordinator, welcomed the students to Carderock. Division Commander Capt. Rich Blank gave an overview presentation to the students,

who also were given tours of several of the base’s facilities and labs. Approximately 120 students from Wood Middle School in Rockville, Maryland; Argyle Middle School from Silver Spring, Maryland; Eagle Ridge Middle School in Ashburn, Virginia; Pyle Middle School in Bethesda, Maryland; Burning Tree Elementary School in Bethesda, Maryland; and Forest Edge Elementary School in Reston, Virginia took part in the competition. NSWC Carderock Division is a full-spectrum research and development, test and evaluation, engineering and fleet-support organization for the Navy’s ships, submarines, military watercraft, and unmanned vehicles. Carderock employs

U.S. Navy photo by Nicholas Malay

Elementary school students Kevin Shan, left, and Nathan Greenidge collaborate during the naturaldisasters themed LEGO Robotics Competition in the Maritime Technology Information Center in West Bethesda, Md., May 2. a large number of scientists and engineers and has a robust outreach program goal to collaborate with local

schools to expand students’ and teachers’ awareness and understanding of STEM careers.

Around the Yard “What are your plans for Memorial Day weekend?”

“I’m going out on the boat, and I might do some fishing.” Rob Plunkett Commander, Naval Installations Command Headquarters

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Thursday, May 22, 2014


This Week In Naval History May 22

Navy crew of Capt. Charles Conrad, Jr., commanding, Cmdr. Joseph P. Kerwin, and Cmdr. Paul J. Weitz. During the 28-day mission of 404 orbits, the craft rendezvoused with Skylab to make repairs and conduct science experiments. Recovery by USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14).

1882 – Commodore Shufeldt signs commerce treaty opening Korea to U.S. trade. 1958 – Naval aircraft F4D-1 Sky Ray sets five world speed-to-climb records, 22-23 May. 1967 – New York City reaches agreement to purchase Brooklyn Navy Yard, ending 166 years of construction and repair of naval vessels. 1968 – USS Scorpion (SSN-589) lost with all hands.

May 26

1944 – USS England sinks fifth Japanese submarine in one week. 1952 – Tests from 26-29 May demonstrate feasibility of the angled-deck concept conducted on simulated angled deck on USS Midway. 1990 – USS Beaufort rescues 24 Vietnamese refugees in South China Sea.

May 23

1850 – Navy sends USS Advance and USS Rescue to attempt rescue of Sir John Franklin’s expedition, lost in Arctic. 1939 – USS Squalus (SS-92) sinks off Portsmouth, NH, with loss of 26 lives.

May 27

1813 – American joint operations against Fort George, Canada. 1919 – Navy NC-4 completes trans-Atlantic flight from Newfoundland to Lisbon, Portugal.

May 24

1917 – First U.S. convoy to cross North Atlantic during World War I leaves Hampton Roads, Va. 1918 – USS Olympia anchors at Kola Inlet, Murmansk, Russia, to protect refugees during Russian Revolution. 1939 – First and only use of Vice Adm. Allan McCann’s rescue chamber to rescue 33 men from sunken USS Squalus (SS-192). 1941 – Authorization of construction or acquisition of 550,000 tons of auxiliary shipping for Navy. 1945 – Fast carrier task force aircraft attack airfields in southern Kyushu, Japan. 1945 – Nine U.S. ships damaged

U.S. Navy photo

1958 – Naval aircraft F4D-1 Sky Ray sets five world speed-to-climb records, 22-23 May. by concentrated kamikaze attack off Okinawa. 1961 – USS Gurke notices signals from 12 men from Truk who were caught in a storm, drifted at sea for two months before being stranded on a island for one month. USS Southerland investigated, notified Truk, and provided provisions and supplies to repair

their outrigger canoe. The men would be picked up on 7 June by the motor launch Kaselehlia. 1962 – Launch of Aurora 7 (Mercury 7), piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Malcolm Scott Carpenter, USN, who completed 3 orbits in 4 hours, 56 minutes at an altitude up to 166.8 statute miles at 17,549 mph. He was picked up by HSS-2 helicop-

ters from USS Intrepid (CVS-11). The capsule was recovered by USS John R. Pierce (DD-753).

May 25

1952 – USS Iowa bombards Chongjin, Korea. 1973 – Launch of Skylab 2 mission, which was first U.S.-manned orbiting space station. It had an all

May 28

1813 – Frigate Essex and prize capture five British whalers. 1917 – First underway fueling in U.S. Navy, USS Maumee fuels 6 destroyers in North Atlantic. Lt. Cmdr. Chester W. Nimitz served as Maumee’s executive officer and chief engineer. 1957 – First of 24 detonations, Operation Plumbbob nuclear test. 1980 – Fifty five women become first women graduates from the U.S. Naval Academy.

Navy to Deploy Electromagnetic Railgun Aboard JHSV

From Naval Sea Systems Command Office of Corporate Communication

The U.S. Navy plans to install and test a prototype electromagnetic railgun aboard a joint high speed vessel (JHSV) in fiscal year 2016, the service announced today. This test will mark the first time an electromagnetic railgun (EM railgun) has been demonstrated at sea, symbolizing a significant advance in naval combat. EM railgun technology uses an electromagnetic force — known as the Lorenz Force - to rapidly accelerate and launch a projectile between two conductive rails. This guided projectile is launched at such high velocities that it can achieve greater ranges than conventional guns. It maintains enough kinetic energy that it doesn’t require any kind of high explosive payload when it reaches its target. High-energy EM railguns are expected to be lethal and effective against multiple threats, including enemy warships, small boats,

aircraft, missiles and landbased targets. “The electromagnetic railgun represents an incredible new offensive capability for the U.S. Navy,” said Rear Adm. Bryant Fuller, the Navy’s chief engineer. “This capability will allow us to effectively counter a wide-range of threats at a relatively low cost, while keeping our ships and sailors safer by removing the need to carry as many high-explosive weapons.” EM railgun technology will complement current kinetic weapons currently onboard surface combatants and offer a few specific advantages. Against specific threats, the cost per engagement is orders of magnitude less expensive than comparable missile engagements. The projectile itself is being designed to be common with some current powder guns, enabling the conservation of expensive missiles for use against more complex threats. “Energetic weapons, such as EM railguns, are the future of naval combat,” said Rear Adm. Matt Klunder, the chief of naval research. “The U.S. Navy is at the forefront of this game-changing technology.”

U.S. Navy photo by John F. Williams

The second of two Office of Naval Research Electromagnetic Railgun industry prototype launchers is being evaluated at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division. This demonstration is the latest in a series of technical maturation efforts designed to provide an operational railgun to the fleet. Since 2005, the Navy and its partners in industry and academia have been testing railgun technology at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Dahlgren, Va., and the Naval

Research Lab where the service has a number of prototype systems. The final operational system will be capable of launching guided, multimission projectiles to a range of 110 nautical miles against a wide range of threats. The series of tests are designed to capture lessons for incor-

poration into a future tactical design and will allow the Navy to best understand needed ship modifications before fully integrating the technology. The Navy is using JHSV as a vessel of opportunity because of its available cargo and topside space and schedule flexibility. Because JHSVs

are non-combatants, there is no plan to permanently install a railgun on any ship of the class. A final decision has not been made on which ship classes will receive a fully operational railgun. For more news from Naval Sea Systems Command, visit navsea/.



Thursday, May 22, 2014

NSA Washington-JBAB Fleet Family and Fun Centralized Scheduling

Military and Family Support Center (MFSC) located on Joint Base Anacostia Bolling introduces a comprehensive centralized scheduling service for your individual appointment needs. One call to our screeners gets you an appointment for pre-separation briefs, employment services, clinical counseling, personal financial management, relocation, deployment and a host of other programs and services. MFSC is here to support you and stands ready to assist with every career and life change. Contact our Centralized Scheduling Center for individual, marriage and family counseling, individual resume assistance, financial counseling, relocation assistance or deployment/reintegration support. Please call 202-685-6019 to schedule an appointment.


The Transition Assistance Management Program (TAMP)

Offers an array of services and benefits to transitioning service members, including computers setup for individuals to go online to different job banks, college and scholarship resources and career assessment tools. Resume Writing Workshops are offered which includes Federal Resume Writing Interview Skills, information on veterans’ benefits and a professional resource library; Two TAP Seminars and one Executive TAP Seminar - five-day programs - are offered monthly sponsored by the departments of Labor and Veteran Affairs, and include information that will benefit the transitioning military member.

Family Employment Readiness Program (FERP)

Offers seven basic services, which include job search strategies, job readiness, resource information, job referral service, individual counseling assistance, career planning and links to education and volunteer opportunities.

Improve your speaking skills with Helmsmen Toastmasters

Join us Thursdays, 7:30-8:45 a.m., at the Pentagon Library and Conference Center. Toastmasters is an international organization that helps everyone speak, think, lead and listen better. For more info, contact Carl Sabath at carl.sabath@osd. mil, 703-695-2804, or Elizabeth Femrite at, 571256-8674. Remember, great Helmsmen say, “Yes!” To learn more about Helmsmen Toastmasters, visit

Pre-Separation Briefings

Service members preparing to transition from military to civilian life are required by law to attend a pre-separation counseling briefing. The pre-separation brief is designed to make transitioning military members aware of all the services and benefits available to them and their family members under Transition GPS. These briefings will provide the information necessary to make more informed decisions. For your convenience the pre-separation counseling briefing is available through one-on-one ap-

pointments at Military and Family Support Center and can be made through Centralized Scheduling at 202-685-6019.

DEPLOYMENT READINESS/ FAMILY SERVICES Personal Financial Management (PFM) Program offers individual and family financial counseling, financial classes, and is responsible for the Command Financial specialist training in the Region (NDW).

Life Skills Education

Provides presentations to help commands meet requirements, as well as enhance operational and personal readiness including parenting skills training, couples communication, anger and stress management, conflict resolution, Child Abuse Awareness, Spouse Abuse Awareness and suicide prevention. Trainings can be customized to fit needs of the command.

New Parent Support Program (NPS)

Assists new parents in coping with the demands of parenting and military life through parenting education and training and home visits to new parents prior to delivery and after delivery; information and referral for military and community resources; child development screenings and monitoring. All active duty members and their families who are pregnant and or have children in the home from infancy to three years old are eligible for these home visitation services.


Assisting Sailors and family members prepare for deployment, manage separations and reunite and reintegrate with families and community through services including the Family Accountability and Assessment System, Individual augmentee (IA) Indoc Course and Deployed Family Fun Days.

FFR/MWR Phone numbers Fitness Centers Washington Navy Yard, Bldg. 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-2282/2829

Information, Tickets & Travel (ITT) Ticket Office, WNY Bldg. 22 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-2484 Travel Office, WNY Bldg. 184 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 685-8299

Food & Beverage Catering & Conference Center, WNY Bldg. 211 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-3041/4312 Mordecai Booth’s Public House, WNY Bldg. 101 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 678-0514

Military and Family Support Center MFSC, JBAB Bldg. 72 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 433-6151 MFSC, JBAB Bldg. 13 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (202) 767-0450

Other Important Numbers FFR Administrative Office, WNY Bldg. 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . FFRP Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MWR Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . MWR Marketing Department, WNY Bldg. 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Regional Child Placement Office, JBAB Bldg. 414. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Family Housing Office, JBAB Bldg. 414 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Liberty Program/Center, JBAB Bldg. 72. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Outdoor Recreation/Equipment Rental, JBAB, Bldg. 928 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Navy Gateway Inns & Suites, JBAB, Bldg. 602 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Boys and Girls Club volunteers

The Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington needs volunteer coaches for their youth baseball league for 10-yearolds and 12-year-olds. For more information or to sign up, call 512-560-5548 from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. or email Michael.martinez@

Toastmasters Club seeks members

Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP)

The Bolling Toastmasters Club is available for everyone on JBAB as a place to practice your leadership skills. Toastmasters clubs are where leaders are made, and leadership starts with good communication. The program is self-paced, and it works. The Bolling Toastmasters Club meets Wednesdays from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at the JBAB Chapel Center. Visitors are welcome. For more information, call Jim Queen at 301452-6931.

New PHA Process

Military and Family Support Offers Resume Review

Provides assistance to service members with special needs children and family members with medical needs including resource referral to medical, counseling and educational services, support groups and care providers. Assists in finding duty stations where needs are met. Mandatory enrollment per OPNAVINST 1754.2D. The purpose of this policy is to inform all tenants of the new PHA process at the Branch Health Clinic Washington Navy Yard. In attempts to alleviate the daily PHA congestion, patients will now have an appointed date and time to complete their PHA. PHAs will be scheduled through the appointments line, 202-433-3132, and the service member will be complete their PHA on the provided date and time. PHAs will not be completed without a hard copy of the services member’s medical record. The patients’ medical record must either be maintained at the Branch Health Clinic Washington Navy Yard or the patient must physically bring in their medical record. If you have specific questions, please direct your questions to me or the Medical Readiness Department Leading Petty Officer, HM2 Matteson, Althea, , office 202-433-6713.

Call for appointment | 202-685-6019 Military and Family Support Center offers a one-on-one resume review session for those that are job seeking. Knowledgeable staff will sit down with you and review your resume and assist you in developing a results-oriented resume. Having a solid and effective resume can greatly improve your chances of landing an interview. According to a recent study from TheLadders, recruiters spend just six seconds scanning your resume for certain information. Will your resume make it in those six seconds? Your resume should portray your skills, talents, career highlights and make you stand out from the crowd. Focusing on your accomplishments vs. simple job experience and using key words can open the door for an interview.

(202) 433-3659 (202) 433-4052 (202) 433-4662 (202) 433-5912 (202) 433-3055 (202) 433-0346 (202) 685-1802 (202) 767-9136 (202) 404-7050

Download the Free “ABSalute” App

The JBAB Warfighter & Family Readiness Marketing Department developed a free smartphone application, bringing its resources to customers and employees on a mobile platform. Perfect for iPhone and Andriod devices. “ABSalute” is a fast and easy-to-use application designed to allow quick access to events and programs. Download the app and receive the latest information about MWR, as well as Warfighter and Family Readiness programs. The app features: - Facility finder including hours of operation, phone listings, and GPS capabilities - Upcoming special events and programs that can be added directly to your calendar - Outdoor Recreation and Capital Cove Marina equipment and boat rentals - Full dining facility menus - Quick links to the Navy-Air Force Half Marathon and Navy 5 Miler website, CNIC JBAB website, Naval District Washington (NDW) Facebook page and the current edition of the 411 magazine - Facility and Event Photos - Push notifications to alert users with the most current information.

Mordecai Booth’s Hours Change

Mordecai Booth’s, located on the ground floor of Building 101 on the Washington Navy Yard, has changed its hours. The new hours of operation are Tuesday-Friday, 2:30-8:30 p.m. Come on in and enjoy the same great service at a new time!

Thursday, May 22, 2014



NDW News Follow NDW on Facebook and Twitter NDW has a Facebook fan page in order to provide updated information to all NDW residents, tenants, employees (military, civilian, and contractors), and the American public. Show your support, “Like Us,” and become a fan to see exciting news relating to the Naval District Washington. Follow us on Twitter @navaldistwash - NSAW has a Twitter page for the Washington Navy Yard to provide the public with up-to-date operating hours of the Navy Yard portion of DC’s Riverwalk. Follow us on Twitter @WNYRiverwalk -

DSO Changes Walk-in Hours Defense Service Office North has changed walk-in hours to Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. DSO North is the local office for legal defense services. Attorneys are available to provide advice to service members regarding nonjudicial punishments, summary courts-martial, Article 138 and 1150 complaints, administrative separation processing, hardship discharges and suspect’s rights. Consultations are confidential. DSO is located onboard WNY in Building 200, Suite 1200. Service members should present in uniform.

Wearing of Portable headphones, earphones, and Bluetooth devices: The wearing of portable headphones, earphones, cellular hands-free devices, radios, recording devices or other portable listening devices while running, jogging, walking, bicycling, skating, or skate boarding in roadways and streets interferes with and impairs recognition of emergency signals, alarms, announcements, and the approach of EVs. NSAW personnel are advised use of these devices while performing the noted activities aboard NSAW fence line installations is prohibited. (TRAFFIC OPNAVINST 5100.12J)

Helmsmen Toastmasters Want to improve your speaking and leadership skills? Come to Helmsmen Toastmasters! Join us Thursdays,7:30-8:45 a.m., at the Pentagon Library and Conference Center (PLCC). Toastmasters is an international organization that helps everyone speak, think, lead and listen better. For more info, contact Annika L’Ecuyer ( or 703-614-7160) or Elizabeth Femrite ( or 571-256-8674). More information can be found at the Helmsmen Toastmasters website,

NAVY 311 “NAVY 311” is the place to go for all types of information to help support Navy military, civilian, and retiree personnel and their families. Access NAVY 311 at 1-855NAVY-311 or (DSN) 510-NAVY-311. You can also email or visit

Navy Wives Clubs of America The D.C. Metro chapter of Navy Wives Clubs of America, Eleanor Roosevelt #37, hosts meetings every second Thursday of the month to discuss and plan volunteer activities in the local military and civilian communities. Military spouses of all branches are welcome to attend. For more information, email angeladowns@ or visit

PAX Clinical Counseling Services Clinical Counseling services can directly improve the quality of life of service members and their family by addressing the stressors facing today’s military: family hardships, marital conflicts, parent/child issues, money concerns, frequent moves, health and environmental factors, and many other difficulties. Make an appointment with a counselor by calling 301-342-4911 or 202-685-6019.

New PHA Process at WNY Clinic In attempts to alleviate the daily PHA congestion, patients will now have an appointed date and time to complete their PHA. PHAs will be scheduled through the appointments line, 202-433-3132, and the service member will be complete their PHA on the provided date and time. PHAs will not be completed without a hard copy of the services member’s medical record. The patients’ medical record must either be maintained at the Branch Health Clinic Washington Navy Yard or the patient must physically bring in their medical record. If you have specific questions, please direct your questions to me or the Medical Readiness Department Leading Petty Officer, HM2 Matteson, Althea, , office 202-433-6713

Official U.S. Navy file photo

Navy Offers Sailors Limited Opportunities for Early Separation By Navy Personnel Command Public Affairs Due to the excellent retention and outstanding recruiting success, the Navy is reinstating the Enlisted Early Transition Program (EETP), according to a message released May 8. According to NAVADMIN 103/14, EETP allows eligible Sailors in targeted ratings to apply for a voluntary early separation up to 24 months prior to their End of Obligated Service as Extended. The new version of the program is ongoing, quota-controlled, and will help reduce the need for involuntary force management. Early separation will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Available quotas are identified by rating, paygrade, year group and Navy Enlisted Classification. A list is available at enlisted/community/pages/eetp.aspx. Quotas will be reviewed periodically and up-


Continued from 1 the value and strengths of diversity and inclusion, as well as her background and lessons learned during her career. Bono initially wanted to go into nursing but her father challenged her to become a doctor and showed her there were no boundaries on what she could do. After being awarded a Navy Health Professions Scholarship, Bono earned her medical degree at Texas Tech University and began her military career with a general surgery residency at Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, VA. She was the first woman to graduate from this program. “What I enjoyed about being in the Navy was that I always felt confident that my ability to advance was going to be based on my capabilities and performance. I felt that I had an equitable opportunity to succeed,” Bono said. Bono’s family has a robust military background. Her grandfather was an obstetrician in the Philippines and served as a Colonel in the U.S. Army during World War II. Her brother, Rear Admiral Anatolio

dated as required. Early Separation requests will not be approved for the following Sailors: • With existing Permanent Change of Station orders; • Identified to fill an Individual Augmentee assignment; • In nuclear ratings; • Assigned to a Department of Defense area tour and have not completed the tour requirement, including overseas tour extension incentive programs for which a benefit has been received. Commanding officers will maintain final disapproval authority and do not need to forward requests they cannot support. Final approval authority rests with Navy Personnel Command, Performance Evaluation Division, with positive commanding officer endorsement. For more information, read the message at or contact the Navy Personnel Command Customer Service Center at 1-800-U-ASK-NPC (827-5672) or at

B. Cruz III, is the reserve deputy director of Maritime Operations at U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Her father is a retired Navy Reserve Captain. “Service to others; service to country,” Bono said. “It was ingrained in us by our father and mother in gratitude to their adopted country, the United States.” Citing her own life and leadership experiences, Bono strongly encourages students to apply for the Navy Health Professions Student Program as a way of entering the medical profession and wants them to have the same experiences. Asian and Pacific American Heritage Week was first observed in May 1979, and then-President George Bush expanded the awareness campaign to the entire month in 1990. Congress officially decreed May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in 1992. To learn more about the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the Navy, visit http://www.history. asian-index.htm. For more news and information from around NDW, visit NavDistWash.




Continued from 1 40 aircraft and they had to pass over our base to get to the Navy ships,” Grasselli said. “We just grabbed our rifles and started shooting at the airplanes. We shot one down. It’s pretty hard to hit an airplane with an ‘03.” All 40 aircraft soon lay destroyed, and Grasselli and another Marine huddle in a hastily-made fighting position in a lava hole with a .30-caliber machine gun, waiting for a Japanese landing force that didn’t come. As the Ewa Marines rebuilt and regrouped, they received new and larger planes. With them came a sudden need for someone who knew how to navigate over the ocean. “They sent me to the University of Hawaii for a course in intelligence, and that was about a three month push, and I lived in the city then. So that was one reason I was picked to be a navigator,” Grasselli said. Grasselli and another Marine, chosen for their academic background, became the first two designated aerial navigators in the Marine Corps, and soon found themselves on 17-hour training flights learning dead reckoning and how to read ocean currents and stars. In June 1942, as the U.S. was lured the Japanese into an ambush at Midway for one of the most strategic naval victories of the war, Grasselli helped navigate reinforce-

ments to the island for the coming battle. “I navigated a squadron of SB2Us out to Midway,” he said. “There were about 25 of us. There was 1000 miles of nothing but water.” During the battle, Grasselli flew missions taking ammunition in and wounded out, and witnessed the devastation. Every one of the SB2Us he had previously navigated in had been shot down or destroyed. “When we landed on the island several times, there was just chaos. There were carrier planes coming in on fire. There was an Air Corps B-17…” Grasselli said, trailing off. The vast majority of U.S. planes in the battle were obsolete and ended up being destroyed. Capt. James Roosevelt, son of the president, wrote a letter to his father about the situation and boarded Grasselli’s plane for the trip back from Midway after the battle. “We took him with the letter and he went on to Washington and gave it to his father,” Grasselli said. “We got a lot better airplanes after that.” After Midway, the need for pilots outweighed any eyesight or height restrictions on pilots, and Grasselli, already an experienced navigator, was discharged from the Marine Corps in December 1942 and assigned to naval flight school. In November 1943, nearly 20 years after first seeing those biplanes, Grasselli fulfilled his dream. “It was the greatest moment of my life and the gold wings pinned to my blouse that day might as well have been the Croix de Guerre,” he wrote in his memoir.

In 1944, Grasselli returned to Ewa Marine Air Base, this time as a pilot. He soon flew on one of his most memorable missions, transporting Charles Lindbergh and several new planes to a remote island in the Pacific. “The first night was at Palmyra,” he said. “Lindbergh and I went outside after we had dinner, and because I had been a navigator, we started talking about stars. Palmyra was quite a ways out—the stars were very vivid. He knew more about stars than I did, but we had a good time talking.” Grasselli spent the remainder of the war stationed at Oahu, acting as an aide to General Walter Farrell, and using the rest of his time flying dozens of aircraft around the islands and across the Pacific. As the war ended, Grasselli returned to the United States where he served as a test pilot flying rebuilt aircraft that were not always in the best condition. “With time, the control tower became accustomed to my frantic screams to clear the runways,” he wrote. Later assigned to Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, he requested a transfer to a fighter squadron bound for Korea. In August 1950, he was assigned to VMF212 “Devil Cats” and left for Korea where he flew close air support missions for the 1st Marine Division ground troops, including missions around Chosin Reservoir. The fighting took its toll on the Devil Cats. “By early December, VMF-212 was down to about five operating aircraft and our tents



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were being infiltrated by the enemy,” he recalled in his memoir. “It was time to leave.” VMF-212 evacuated to Itami, Japan, and continued flying missions off the carrier USS Bataan. As seasoned flying veterans from World War II dwindled, new replacements fresh out of flight school came in 1951. Within weeks, more than half were killed. Of the pilots of VMF-212 he went to Korea with, 18 were lost in combat, and time has slowly claimed the rest except for Grasselli, the last of the original Devil Cats. Grasselli flew 86 combat missions and several reconnaissance flights before leaving Korea and heading back to the states. He went on to fly as the personal pilot for the Marine Corps commandant at Naval Air Station Anacostia in Washington, D.C. and later transferred to U.S. European Command in Paris. Looking back now, Grasselli said the flying adventures and years in the Corps have formed a unifying thread in his life. As for the darker side of his time at war, Grasselli hopes younger generations may avoid what he went through. “I wouldn’t want them to remember my experiences, but just remember that there was a war,” he said, eschewing any glorification of combat. He instead prefers to offer memories of the men with whom he flew and shared time with: Lindbergh, Marine aces Marion Carl and Joe Foss, former commander Lt. Col. L.G. Merritt, and the many pilots in World War II and Korea among others, as well as his time in the skies.

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Marine Corps Maj. (Ret.) Albert Grasselli flew 86 combat missions with VMF-212 “Devil Cats” in Korea after serving in the Pacific during World War II. Of the original pilots who went to Korea with VMF-212, Grasselli is the last surviving veteran. Still sipping his martini, Grasselli smiled as he recalled flights in a Corsair nicknamed “Slick Chick,” a favorite among the dozens he piloted since a few biplanes 90 years ago inspired a long career. “I have fond memories of flying every airplane I flew.” Editor’s note: Naval District Washington will celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the Battle of Midway with a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial, June 4 at 9 a.m.


Thursday, May 22, 2014


Wine Festival

Washington Navy Yard Catering and Conference Center May 29, 2014 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance or $15 at the door, with a free souvenir wine glass for all attendees. There will also be hors d’oeuvres, entertainment and door prizes. Tickets may be purchased at the WNY ITT Office, Bldg. 22, or by calling 202433-2484. Eligible patrons are authorized ID card holders. For more information, please contact the FFR Marketing Department at For more news from other bases around the Washington, D.C. area,


U.S. Navy photo by Donna Cipolloni

Security department police officers and masters-at-arms from across the installation acted out a number of practical scenarios during Active Shooter Academy training at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, May 7 and 8.

Active Shooter Academy Standardizes Readiness Training By Donna Cipolloni Tester staff writer With the certification of the most recent class May 8, all four law enforcement shifts at Naval Air Station Patuxent River have now completed the revamped Active Shooter Academy. “[Commander, Naval Installations Command] developed it to standardize training and put it out to all installations,” said Capt. James Williams, Naval District Washington police training officer assigned to Pax River. “Everyone in the region does the same thing now and we can all work together.” The academy, whose participants this session were a mix of security department police officers and mastersat-arms (MAs), involved 16 hours of training comprising classroom instruction and practical active shooter scenarios. “The training incorporates lessons learned from the Navy Yard shooting,” Williams explained. “Lessons can always be learned from after-action reports and the active shooter world constantly transforms.” Training begins slowly and then progresses — in crawl/walk/run phases — allowing participants to build knowledge, confidence and teamwork along the way. The earliest scenarios start out with mock handguns, known as red guns, which have no trigger pull or projectile, allowing a team

to focus on their movement and communication. Paper targets represent threats instead of real people, enabling a team to retry something that doesn’t click with them initially. “We start with very slow deliberate movements so they can see what happens with their weapon. For example, when they turn a certain way, where is the muzzle in relation to the person in front of them,” Williams said. “Or, if they enter a doorway and don’t like the way it feels, they can go out and come in again in a different way.” The initial scenarios are purposely designed for teams to have a winning outcome if things move in the right direction. “We want to build confidence by focusing on small wins,” Williams said. “Let’s get through the door; that’s one win. Let’s clear a room; that’s another win. We don’t want to immediately put them in overwhelming scenarios. That way, they’ll accept increasing challenges more rapidly and they’ll work hard for each win.” And the challenges do increase, eventually culminating in scenarios that involve multiple rooms in an unfamiliar building, real people posing as threats shooting plastic BBs from airsoft guns and the split-second determination of ‘friend or foe’ in the event the team encounters an individual along the way. “In our A-school, we go through some simple team

tactics but this training was more in depth with multiple different scenarios using asclose-as-possible live weapons,” said Master-at-Arms Seaman Zachary Weeks with Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 4. “You can run through rooms with paper targets all day long, but the moment you put [an armed] person in there, it’s a completely different style of training.” Fellow VQ-4 Sailor, Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Michael Arnold agreed and said he was not expecting the rush that accompanied the training. “There were two active shooters in the scenario and I didn’t think I’d be that pumped up,” he said. “The adrenaline rush definitely kicked in when I went through the door. It was a great experience and I learned a lot. I want to come back again.” Williams said the biggest improvement he sees from the academy’s beginning to end is in the teams’ communication. “By the end, they’ve developed their own communications procedures through talking or hand signals,” he said. “Once you can communicate, your team movement becomes more efficient. You’re not scattered or searching for your own people. Everyone has a job to do and once a team has meshed, they know where each other is and don’t have to guess what the other is doing. That streamlines tactics.”


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Thursday, May 22, 2014

Enlisted Groups, JOC Strengthens Walter Reed Bethesda One Team By Bernard S. Little WRNMMC Public Affairs staff writer

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Members of the enlisted groups at Walter Reed Bethesda greet a veteran arriving at a local airport as part of an Honor Flight.


“Our enlisted organizations and Junior Officer Council (JOC) are doing much goodness, strengthening our Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) One Team,” said Brig. Gen. (Dr.) Jeffrey B. Clark, WRNMMC director. “They reflect so positively on who we are, what we do, and most importantly, how we do it.” The general recently joined members from one of those organizations, the Junior Enlisted Mess (JEM), volunteering at a local charitable agency which helps families seeking to rise out of poverty. In addition to donating items, JEM members assist the organization with furnishing the homes of those in need, and teaching life skills and professional development to clients of the local nonprofit. Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Moriah Brockway, JEM

master-at-arms, explained one of the rewards of being a member of the JEM is helping others — “meeting new people while also finding fun and rewarding things to do in the area, such as volunteer and morale events. “We strengthen the WRNMMC One Team by getting the entire junior enlisted [members] together, integrating everyone from different branches and cultures of life to work together towards a better tomorrow,” Brockway said. Other rewards of being a member of the JEM are “networking, esprit de corps and career-building” opportunities, added Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Brandon Kapfhamer, JEM chief executive officer. “The JEM is available to all E-4 and below military personnel stationed at WRNMMC. However, we encourage and support family involvement in all of the community volunteer events we do,” he continued. “The JEM’s motto is ‘leadership by example,’ and we exemplify that in all we do,” Kapfhamer added. JEM president, Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Amber Barak, agrees. “By being a part of the JEM, I have not only been able to grow as a professional, but as an individual,” Barak said. “The JEM is a great opportunity for junior service members to meet one another, form a network and make an amazing difference in the morale of the command. The JEM truly covers all aspects of personal, professional and leadership growth,” she explained. Barak led the JEM’s stuffed animal drive from Feb. 4 through March 6, collecting toys for young patients treated by WRNMMC staff during a humanitarian mission March 8 to 22 in the Dominican Republic. People donated hundreds of stuffed animals to the drive. “It’s amazing how generous everyone was with their donations; we had more than 350 stuffed animals, and we weren’t able to pack them all [for the humanitarian mission],” said the JEM president. Those stuffed animals not packed for the Dominican Republic were donated to the local nonprofit agency JEM members have been volunteering with the last Saturday of every month for the past three years. In addition to helping at the local nonprofit agency, JEM members regularly greet veterans at local airports coming into the area as part of honor flights. JEM members also participate in clean-up efforts on base and at local parks; host fundraisers for service balls; and sponsor morale-boosting events monthly, such as barbecues, trips to historical sites and sporting events. The Echo 5 Mess is another enlisted group making a positive impact at Walter Reed Bethesda and exemplifying the WRNMMC One Team philosophy, explained Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Davin Laurell. “Our organization is open to all Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps E-5s on base,” he said. “The purpose of our organization is to promote and grow the morale and welfare for all personnel on the base,” Laurell continued. “We aim to foster a great environment for all of the junior personnel, and offer a great network of E-5s to turn to in any situation,” he continued. The Echo 5 Mess has weekly events, including cooking a meal for beneficiaries of a local women’s shelter, as well as volunteering on the second Saturday of each month at the same charitable agency as the JEM, which focuses on helping those in need. The third Monday of every month, members of Echo 5 volunteer at another nonprofit that provides its residents with services including food, clothing, medical care, legal and social services. And on the fourth Wednesday of each month, Echo 5 members go to WRNMMC’s the pediatrics inpatient ward for story time, reading to WRNMMC’s youngest beneficiaries. “The Echo 5 strengthens the command by being a presence, we help with hospital events by providing manpower and fundraising,” Laurell added. “We also strive to make this the best command for every service member to be proud to be a part of,” he said. Joint Forces 6 (JF6) shares that goal, explained Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Scott Kuniyuki, the organization’s president. He said JF6, an association for all E-6 members of Walter Reed Bethesda, is “doing good things” on and off base. “We sponsor an assistance program with Rock View Elementary School, and volunteer for various events around Naval Support Activity Bethesda (NSAB),” Kuniyuki said. A main focus of JF6 is support for the upcoming Hospital Corpsman Ball, he added. Kuniyuki said two of the most rewarding aspects of

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

SECNAV Takes Flight Over Patuxent River

U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Sam Shavers

Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus talks with airship pilot Marty Chandler during a May 8 orientation flight aboard the Navy’s MZ-3A manned airship over the Patuxent River in southern Maryland.

CREDO Announces Upcoming Programs The Naval District Washington (NDW) Chaplain Religious Enrichment Development Program (CREDO) will host two upcoming retreats in May. CREDO is a Chief of Navy Chaplains sponsored relationship enrichment program to help improve job performance and enhance quality of life for active-duty service members and their families. Marriage Enrichment Retreat: June 6-8 and June 20-22 -The Marriage Enrichment Retreat (MER) is intended to assist married couples in strengthening their relationship skills through instruction, group and private discussions, exercise, and free time. Couples enjoy a free weekend at the Hilton Hotel in Crystal City where they can learn and apply marriage skills. Safetalk: June 14, 12:30-3:30 p.m. at JBAB Chapel Annex -Enables participants to recognize danger signs of suicide, successfully intervene to save a life, and get people at risk to trained

professionals. Teaching the basics of suicide “First Aid,” this workshop is perfect for all front line workers and supervisors. Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program: May 28, June 18, June 25 Prevention and Relationship Enhancement Program gives prospective and married couples effective and proven communication and relationship skills needed for the stresses of today’s military relationships. PREP is offered in partnership with the Military and Family Support Center covering such topics as communication danger signs, fun and friendship, forgiveness, and supporting one another. These classes are held at the Chapel Annex aboard JBAB. For more information or to register, please contact the CREDO offices at 202-767-5901or 5900, e-mail at CREDO., or drop by the JBAB Chapel and inquire within.

Memorial Vigil Memorial Day Weekend 2014 at the Embassy of Canada

Marking more than 12 years of service in Afghanistan, the Embassy of Canada is honored to host Canada’s Afghanistan Memorial Vigil over the 2014 Memorial Day weekend. The Afghanistan Memorial consists of the original commemorative plaques from the Canadian monument at Kandahar Airfield. The series of plaques is dedicated to the 161 Canadians and more than 40 U.S. Armed Forces members who paid the ultimate price in the service of peace and security while under Canadian command. Public viewing of the Memorial in the Embassy’s courtyard is available from Friday, May 23, to Monday, May 26, 2014. Attendants will be on site from 9:00AM to 5:00PM daily to answer questions. For further information visit: or contact: Embassy of Canada 501 Pennsylvania Ave, NW Washington, D.C., 20001-2114 Nearest Metro stations: Archives & Judiciary Square 1041873





Continued from 8 being a part of JF6 are “giving back to the junior enlisted, and showing unit cohesion between Army, Navy and Air Force as WRNMMC One Team.” The Bethesda Area Chief Petty Officer Association (CPOA) also promotes the WRNMMC One Team philosophy by ensuring “every service member knows we want them to succeed, and that we value their service, talent, skill and dedication,” explained Senior Chief Sharon Tavares, vice president of the CPOA. “Our association supports acts of charity that come before us, through both financial and participatory contributions,” the senior chief continued. “We accomplish these goals through the actions of our members individually and in committee. “We are supportive and available to area commanders, commanding officers, officers-in-charge and missions represented within our membership,” Tavares continued. In support of WRNMMC One Team philosophy, Tavares said CPOA is available to all eligible members of the U.S. Armed Forces who have been “initiated, transitioned or inducted as chief petty officers.” This includes all chief petty officers in or around the Bethesda area — active, retired or honorary. The JOC also promotes unity among the Walter Reed Bethesda community, opening it ranks to all junior officers, O-1 through O-3, on base. Army 1st Lt. Rory

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Walton, outgoing JOC, describes the organization as “a command-wide, go-to source for officer professional development, mentoring and service,” which supports junior officers across the services at WRNMMC and NSA Bethesda tenant organizations. “We have provided support for more than 3,500 officers,” Walton continued. She explained this support has included sponsoring Morale, Welfare and Recreation-type events; providing peer group and mentorship opportunities; sponsoring professional development lectures; and hosting off-site tours to historical locations. Explaining how the JOC strengthens WRNMMC’s One Team concept, Walton said, “We all go through the same challenges and stresses as junior officers, just in different services and roles. It is wonderful to bring everyone together and share ideas, projects, and lessons learned.” For more information about the JEM, contact Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class Amber Barak at 301-319-8650. For more information about the Echo 5 Mess, contact Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Davin Laurell at For more information about JF6, contact Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Scott Kuniyuki at For more information about the CPOA, contact Senior Chief Sharon Tavares at 301-400-0538. For more information about the JOC, contact 1st Lt. Regine Faucher at 301-295-5489.




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